Except All Wheel Drive Impulse
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Remove the ball joint-to-lower control arm, strut rod and stabilizer bar bolts or nuts.
- Remove the driveshaft nut and washer. Dislodge the shaft from the spindle splines with a plastic hammer.
- Support the driveshaft to the strut with a piece of wire to prevent the shaft from falling.
- Place a drain pan under the driveshaft. Using a suitable prybar, remove the driveshaft from the transaxle. The inner joint is retained by a circlip inside the differential housing. Be careful not to damage the inner joint by pulling the shaft apart.
- Install the driveshaft into the transaxle. Push the shaft in until the circlip engages the differential groove.
- Insert the driveshaft into the splined hole in the spindle.
- Install the driveshaft nut and washer. Torque the nut to 100 ft. lbs. (136 Nm).
- Install the ball joint-to-lower control arm, strut rod and stabilizer bar bolts.
- Refill the transaxle with the proper amount of fluid. Connect the negative battery cable and check operation.
- Disconnect the negative battery cable.
- Raise the vehicle and support with jackstands.
- Drain the oil from the transaxle and transfer case (4WD only).
- Pry the hub nut open and loosen the nut. The brake may have to applied when loosening.
- Using a tie rod removing tool J2168702 or equivalent, disconnect the tie rod from the knuckle.
- Remove the lower ball joint bolts and swing out of the way.
- Pull the hub and knuckle away from the driveshaft. Be careful not to allow the shaft to fully extend. Damage to the inner joint may result.
- Use a prybar to dislodge the inner joint from the differential. The shaft is held in by a circlip at the end of the splined shaft.
- Install the inner joint into the differential and engage the circlip.
- Insert the outer joint into the splined hub. Be careful not to allow the shaft to fully extend. Damage to the inner joint may result.
- Install the lower ball joint bolts and tighten.
- Install the hub nut and tighten. The brake may have to applied when tighten.
- Refill the transaxle and transfer case (4WD only) with the specified oil.
- Lower the vehicle.
- Connect the negative battery cable.
Double Offset Joint
- Disconnect the negative battery cable. Clean the assembly of all grease and dirt.
- Remove the inner joint boot clamps. Slide the boot off of the joint.
- From inside the inner joint, remove the circular clip from inside the offset joint. Pull the joint and shaft off of the inner joint.
- Remove the ball retainer snapring and ball retainer. Pull the ball retainer and ball book from the splined shaft.
- Remove the boots and vibration damper, if so equipped.
The outer (Birfield) joint is not serviceable, it must be replaced as an assembly.
- Clean all grease and dirt from the joints.
- With the Birfield joint bent at a 40and#x00B0; angle, turn the shaft and make sure that it turns smoothly and normally.
- Place tap on the splines to prevent damage to the joint boots.
- Install the outer boot and clamps onto the outer shaft.
- Fill the joint and boot with new CV-joint grease and install new clamps.
- Install the inner joint boot and vibration damper, if so equipped.
- Install the ball retainer, guide and snapring.
- Fill the boot and off-set joint with new grease and install joint.
- Install the circular clip into the groove.
- Slide the boot onto the joint, insert a tool under the boot lip to allow the pressure to equalize and tighten the new clamps.
- Install the shaft into the vehicle as outlined in this Section.
- Remove the driveshaft from the vehicle as outlined in this Section.
- Remove the boot clamps and inner joint housing. Mark off an alignment mark on both the housing and shaft. Use paint or a marker instead of a punch.
- Remove the snapring from the shaft.
- Using a punch, mark the shaft and tripod assembly for assembly. Using a wooden driver, remove the tripod from the splined shaft. Remove the boot from the shaft.
- Place tape over the splines to protect the boot during installation.
- Install the boot and insert the tripod onto the shaft with the shorter spline positioned on the outer side. Drive the tripod onto the shaft with a wooden driver and install the snapring.
- Apply new CV-joint grease to the housing and boot.
- Install the housing onto the tripod at the alignment marks and install new boot clamps.